Grover Beach businesswoman Linda McClure has set up a benefit fund for two women injured in a head-on collision on Jan. 27.
Dawn “Sherie” Menzie, 42, and her daughter, Ashley “Danielle” Newton, 25, both of Grover Beach, were struck head-on at 9 p.m. by an 87-year-old Avila Beach woman who police say was driving the wrong way on Highway 101 at San Luis Bay Drive.
Both women suffered extensive injuries in the crash, McClure said. Menzie is the owner of Dune Doggies, a pet-grooming business, and her daughter also worked for the business.
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As a result of the crash, the grooming business is now closed, McClure said. Although the women will receive insurance payments, they will need money for basic living expenses.
Anyone wishing to donate to the benefit fund for the woman can bring their donations to American Property Services, 775 W. Grand Ave., Grover Beach, or any Rabobank branch.
— David Sneed
San Luis Obispo
The Red Cross is continuing its effort to raise money for the Haiti Relief Fund and is hosting Tip a Bartender today from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Corner View Restaurant.
All tips will be donated to the Haiti Relief Fund.
The bartenders include Red Cross Board Member Bryan DuVall and staffers Carolyn Jo, Lydia Hunt, Sally Wise and Hannah Coffelt.
Donations will also be collected by the Red Cross at the Spiritual Mind Physical Therapy Yoga class today at 6:15 p.m. at 1422 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo and at the Vina Robles Tasting Room in Paso Robles.
— Amy Dempsey
Atascadero A synthetic-ice rink whose appearance was rained out at Atascadero Main Street’s annual Winter Wonderland celebration in December is now set for skating later this month.
Atascadero hosted a real ice rink in the past for up to two weeks during the holidays. However, the rink’s high costs — reaching $200,000 — have prevented sponsors from bringing it back the last two years.
Residents have consistently asked each year for the city to find a way.
The new rink, made of a recyclable polymer compound, will cost the Atascadero Main Street and its associated sponsors about $4,700, Main Street executive director Steve Martin said.
It will measure 40 feet by 60 feet and accommodate about 40 skaters per session.
The rink is scheduled to open at the downtown Sunken Gardens off El Camino Real, if weather permits, with two sessions per hour from noon to 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 1 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 21.
The cost is $6 per session and includes skates. To reserve a spot, call 462-9720.
For details on rink sponsorships, call 462-0177 or visit www.atascaderomainstreet.org.
— Tonya Strickland
Ian Smith of Paso Robles is scheduled to appear as a contestant on tonight’s episode of “Wheel of Fortune.”
Smith attended a tryout event for the show in Paso Robles in March 2009.
The game show sends out its promotional “Wheelmobile” vehicle around the country to host mock shows where attendees are selected in a random drawing to go on stage and participate in a mock game, spokeswoman Ani Amirkhanian said.
“It is at that time that our staff looks for potential contestants for the show,” she said.
However, participation in a mock game doesn't guarantee a spot on the show, she added.
— Tonya Strickland